Beautiful photos of Edinburgh

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Fireworks over the Castle courtyard during The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland Credit: VisitBritain / Pawel Libera

With modern architecture sitting alongside Baroque buildings, Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most stunning cities. Take a look at these glorious pictures.

View from the top of Calton Hill over the UNESCO world heritage site, the Old and New Town areas of Edinburgh Credit: VisitBritain / Craig Easton
View from the top of Calton Hill over the UNESCO world heritage site, the Old and New Town areas of Edinburgh Credit: VisitBritain / Craig Easton

Scotland’s capital is high on any visitor’s list of must-see cities. Rich and intriguing, Edinburgh’s cobbled streets, wonderful architecture, old closes and wide avenues are wonderfully atmospheric – not to mention beautiful.

The city is also steeped in fascinating history, filled with castles, stately homes and battle sites. The country around Edinburgh is believed to have been inhabited for thousands of year, while the settlement of the city itself can be traced to Middle Ages when a hillfort was established.

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Holyroodhouse Edinburgh Credit: VisitBritain / Britain on View

Edinburgh grew around its Old Town until the late 18th century and this area of the city still has a distinct character, including the iconic castle at the top of the Royal Mile.

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Fireworks over the castle courtyard during the Edinburgh Military Tattoo Credit: VisitBritain / Pawel Libera

By the late 18th century, the population was expanding rapidly, and a decline in living standards saw the wealthy leave for London. A competition to design a new part of the city was put in place to try to attract the wealthy. James Craig won this contest and his ideas and influences are still visible in the grid pattern of the streets of the Georgian New Town.

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Edinburgh Castle, a historic building and a major tourist attraction on Castle Rock Credit: VisitBritain / Andrew Pickett

Today, Edinburgh combines both modernity and tradition. New architecture such as the Scottish Parliament sits alongside Baroque buildings including the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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Salisbury Crags in the distance and rows of rooftops in the city of Edinburgh Credit: VisitBritain / Britain on View

It’s also famed for its many festival and events, such as the Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Edinburgh International Book Festival, which draw visitors from across the globe, as well as with its world-class museums and galleries.

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Royal Academy at twilight with St Giles Cathedral silhouetted in the background, Edinburgh Credit: VisitBritain / Natalie Pecht

Edinburgh’s great mix of old and new make it one of Britain’s most exciting cities to visit. You’ll be sure to have a fantastic time.

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